SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt — Egypt will apply for the first Internet domain written in Arabic, its information technology minister said Sunday.
Tarek Kamel said Egypt would apply for the new domain — pronounced".masr" but written in the Arabic alphabet — making it the first Arab nation to apply for a non-Latin character domain.
The effort is part of a broader push to expand both access and content in developing nations, where the Internet remains out of reach for wide swaths of the population.
British scientist says she is mystery blogger
LONDON — A British scientist says she is Belle de Jour, the anonymous blogger whose accounts of life as a call girl were turned into books and a TV series.
Brooke Magnanti was quoted by the Sunday Times as saying she decided to reveal her secret because she was afraid an ex-boyfriend would expose her.
Magnanti, 34, is a child health researcher at the University of Bristol in western England. She told the newspaper she turned to the sex trade in 2003 while finishing her Ph.D. and worked as an escort for more than a year.
Fugitive mob boss is captured in Sicily
ROME — Police captured one of Sicily's top Mafia fugitives on Sunday, dealing a blow to the island's Cosa Nostra crime syndicate, Italian officials said.
Convicted mobster Domenico Raccuglia, who has been on the run for 15 years, faces several life sentences for crimes including the murder of a rival's 9-year-old son, whose body was then thrown into a vat of acid.
Raccuglia was arrested in an apartment in a tiny town near Trapani, where he is believed to have had his power base, police said.